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PA Resources classes benefit those who would like to be urban gardeners


It may be snowing outside but it is time to start thinking spring. The PA Resources Council, a local environmental nonprofit, wants to help everyong prepare for gardening and spring cleaning in an environmentally conscious way through their adult education workshops being held at the CCI Center in during the month of March.

Those already dreaming about a lush garden, might want to get their soil prepared with some worm compost. PRC will be hosting a Worm Composting Workshop on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. the CCI Center on South Side.

At this workshop participants learn about the benefits of composting with worms. It's an easy, fun, odorless way to produce a great soil additive. Class participants will learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for their own worms.

Those signing up for the workshop should be prepared to roll-up their sleeves and make their own worm composting bin. Each participant or couple will be provided with a bin, instructions, and worms. The cost of this workshop is $45 per person/$55 per couple. Call 412-488-7490 ext. 226 or email for details or to register – pre registration is required.

On Tuesday, March 15, PA Resources Council will present Healthy Body, Healthy Home, Healthy Planet Workshop where participants will learn about chemicals in cleaning and personal care products, plastics, and more that can negatively impact human health and the health of the environment. In an effort to reduce everyone's exposure to toxins and to reduce the amount of toxins in the environment, all workshop participants will receive a non-toxic green cleaning kit.

The cost of this workshop is $20 per person/$25 per couple and it runs from 6:30-8 p.m. To register for the workshop contact Sarah Alessio Shea at or calling 412-488-7490 ext. 236, pre-registration is required.

 Both workshops will be taking place at the CCI Center, 64 South 14th Street on South Side.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council, established in 1939, is one of the Commonwealth's oldest citizen action environmental organizations. Recognized as a state and national leader in waste reduction and recycling, the remainder of PRC's work focuses on litter and visual blight prevention, watershed awareness, and composting.

For more information on PRC or other upcoming adult education workshops visit


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